chapter  3
Gender and the Mobile Phone
ByLEOPOLDINA FORTUNATI
Pages 12

In the fi rst wave of research on the mobile phone, both women and men were explored in a coy manner in regards to their sociological complexity as social actors. This initial wave of research was limited in that it rarely problematized the gender category from a sociological point of view. Women, like men, have been considered, in general, as an operational category simply characterized by the self-defi nition on the part of respondents. But gender category is, of course, more complex than this: it is a social construction and representation; it is a model or, better, a series of models; it is a set of individual, familiar, and social roles; it is a body of images and fi gures.1 Furthermore, implicated in the issue of gender are also the underlining modes of gendered labor and politics of time/space, particularly prevalent in discussions around reproductive labor.2